Italian Water Sector Reform Edges Forward
Bluefield Analysis of Recent Developments in the Italian Water Sector
On 20 April 2016, the Italian Chamber of Deputies approved a draft bill that removes compulsory public management of municipal water services. The bill forms part of Italy’s broader water market restructuring including system consolidation and tariff revision.
Existing water infrastructure is showing its limits in Italy: Nine percent of the population faces water cuts. Over 1,800 services providers are still active in Italy, for a total of 72 optimal service areas (ATOs). These reforms create near-term opportunities, mostly for local players, through M&A.
- Patchwork approach for implementation of ATO consolidation reforms.
- Tariff hikes required to support steep investment needs.
- Near term opportunities mostly for local players through M&A